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So What? - Using Interpretive Themes to Improve All Aspects of Visitor Experience

A strong interpretive theme statement provides a clear big idea and the "so what" message that can help deepen visitor experience. Interpretive themes are typically used for signage projects and programming, but they can be used for so much more.

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10/22/20
The state of the world’s urban ecosystems: What can we learn from trees, fungi, and bees?

Positive interactions between people and nature inspire behaviours that are in harmony
with biodiversity conservation and also afford physical and mental health benefits.

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10/9/20
Plant awareness disparity: A case for renaming plant blindness

“Plant blindness” is the cause of several problems that have plagued botany outreach
and education for over a hundred years. The general public largely does not notice

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10/9/20
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10/7/20
Focus on Sustainability Archived Webinars

A Focus on Sustainability is a collaborative series between the Ecological Landscape Alliance, Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council, ReScape, Deep Roots Kansas City, and the American Public Gardens Association.

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10/7/20
Design Principles for Online EE Programs

What does research say about promising approaches to online EE programs? Our team shares results from a systematic literature review conducted to identify what approaches appear to work best for virtual EE field trips and activities.

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9/18/20
Redlining's Intensifying Harm: Rising Temperatures, Hotter Neighborhoods, and How Trees Can Help

Many are well aware of the inequitable distribution of trees in our urban areas.  Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities often face the greatest burden of heat, air pollution, and flooding all of which urban greening can help to miti

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8/25/20
Moving To Virtual Programs: A Discussion with Natural Resource Professionals

As COVID-19 spreads throughout the United States, organizations are having to quickly adjust and adapt to the rapidly changing guidance and restrictions placed upon businesses, communities, and individuals in the state.

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8/13/20
Interpreting the Science: A Toolkit to Communicate the Value of Native Plants

Native plants are important to the landscape. However, there is little clear information out there informing the lay public on native plant scientific benefits, uses in the landscape, and sourcing of plants.

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8/7/20
How Informal Education Programs Can Learn From Higher Education Assessment: Evaluating the Morton Arboretum's N-ACT Program

As a response to the debate about the worth of completing a degree, higher education has built a set of assessment practices intended to quantify the change in a student as they matriculate from a first year to a graduate controlling for the different b

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7/15/20

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